Having a bad day? Learn how to deal with it, instead of becoming angry.
Do you ever have one of those days?
Nothing overtly bad, but overall it turns out to be a day that tests your very last nerve.
Today, has been one for me.
We all have them, whether we readily admit it or not is another story.
First of all, our vehicle is currently out of commission with transmission issues which puts me at the mercy of asking others to bring my children to and from school. This affects more than just my schedule.
This is where my story gets interesting…..
This morning I was rushed in my chores.
As we had an early morning in-home appointment for my second daughter, regarding her schooling.
About the time of the appointment, one of my children shut the door to our popcorn machine and the door shattered.
Not only did it shatter; but it exploded into thousands of tiny shards of glass, that once it hit the wood floor scattered in every direction possible.
Then just a mere few hours later, the dog (which is not allowed on our bed) jumped on our bed.
As she jumped on the bed, the weight of this 100 lb beast broke the frame of our heavy duty Cali King size bed.
And as if the bed breaking wasn’t bad enough, the bed landed on our glass picture frames being stored under the bed. Also being stored were 5,000 piece put together puzzles and newspapers that are well over 100 years old.
Even through all of this happening, I did not lose my cool nor break my stride.
These incidents did not ruin my day.
In fact, I am singing the praises of our Most High.
Want to know why?
Because life is too short to spend getting angry at a situation beyond my control.
Secondly, my children were watching and my reaction teaches them ultimately how to react as well.
This has not always been the case for me. Years ago my reaction would have been much different.
I would have reacted angrily and made the situation much worse.
It was common for my children to have hurt feelings or have witnessed their mother reacting in anger.
What Changed for Me?
Hint: You Can Do This, too!
- I recognized that my anger was sinful.
- I asked for forgiveness from the Lord and my family.
- I began the long process of trying to overcome the issue, and began praying the following verses over my anger problem: Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. (Eph 4:31) But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. (Col 3:8)
- I had to find the root cause. Not rely on myself or man-made measures. None of them worked. The root cause was me turning my back on God.
- Accept the fact that my anger was already nailed to the cross with Jesus.
- I had to let my anger go. It happened not once, but over and over again.
- I set my sights on what God wanted for me.
- I begun to focus more on His grace, majesty, and place my hope in Him than on my own doings.
Dear sweet ladies, I want you to be encouraged.
Being a Christian does not guarantee we will have an easier life, but we have been given the tools to deal with discouragement because of our relationship with Jesus.
And until then, if you are having issues with anger….the link below offers some hope and encouragement for you.